Empire Inkstand

Russia, 1805-1810.

Gilt and patinated bronze.

Height: 23 cm (9.1 inch)
Width: 27 cm (10.6 inch)
Depth: 12 cm (4.7 inch) Ref No: 1331

Rectangular shaped base raised on four turned feet. Front and side panels decorated with swans drinking from a fountain, butterflies, shells and garlands. Above a central kneeling nude female figure with butterfly wings (Psyche) holding a large shell above her head as a pen rest. To her left fitment for the inkwell covered with a squirrel and to her right for the sand with a rooster finial.


Arcadi Gaydamak, Russian Empire; Moscow-Paris, 2000. Page 224 with the illustration of an inkstand with almost identical base from the collection of the State History Museum, Moscow.